The Origins of human cruelty
David Mamet is one of the most gifted writers working in the film industry today. Glengarry Glen Ross, Heist, House of Games, and finally The Spanish Prisoner all reflect his distinctive use of dialogue. Characters frequently overlap and misunderstand each other. He focuses on the world of con artists and film noir themes. In the scenes below, from The Spanish Prisoner, the Steve Martin character explains the origins of human cruelty. The next segment, underneath, from Glengarry Glen Ross, is a perfect illustration of what has been referred to as "Mamet speak".
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The title of this blog is an allusion to the famous work of Blaise Pascal. This blog represents the variety of my interests and thoughts on any given day and are strung together, like Pascal's Pensees, in no particular order. I work in the field of mental health, education, and human rights. I write and am a human rights advocate. I enjoy poetry, jazz, spirituality, politics and a potpourri of other interests that you will see reflected in this blog.